More fundrais­ers, pol­icy changes for school start

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

Par­ents with a child at­tend­ing a spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­gram may have an eas­ier trans­porta­tion sched­ule for any other chil­dren.

The board ap­proved a re­vi­sion of Pol­icy JBCC, which ad­dresses sib­lings of stu­dents en­rolled in spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­grams and hard­ships fam­i­lies may face in re­gards to get­ting chil­dren to dif­fer­ent schools each day.

Pub­lic in­put was asked for through­out the month of July as a pre­cur­sor to the Tues­day night vote. The pol­icy and its re­vi­sions were posted on the school sys­tem’s web­site.

Ac­cord­ing to the pol­icy, “Sib­lings of stu­dents who are en­rolled in a spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­gram may be al­lowed to at­tend the same school if the par­ents agree to pro­vide trans­porta­tion.”

This out-of-zone as­sign­ment “will ap­ply for the du­ra­tion of the time a stu­dent is en­rolled in spe­cial pro­grams.” If the stu­dent at­tend­ing the spe­cial in­struc­tional pro­gram grad­u­ates or com­pletes the high­est grade level, the sib­ling can stay at the school un­til grad­u­a­tion or com­ple­tion of the high­est grade.

Stu­dent dis­ci­plinary hear­ing pro­ce­dure re­vi­sion

The board also ap­proved rec­om­mended changes in the stu­dent dis­ci­plinary hear­ing pro­ce­dure pol­icy af­ter a month of ac­cept­ing pub­lic in­put.

Al­though changes were ap­proved in the pro­ce­dure in fall 2010, chang­ing the “tri­bunal” process to a “hear­ing of­fi­cer” model, the pol­icy was not mod­i­fied in ac­cor­dance with the change. The re­vi­sion to Pol­icy JCEB calls for two mem­bers of the ad­min­is­tra­tive staff to serve as hear­ing of­fi­cers in­stead of three mem­bers to make up the hear­ing tri­bunal.

NCCA ’15 Board of Direc­tors ap­proved

This school year’s Board of Direc­tors for the New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy (NCCA) was ap­proved, which con­sists of a par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each county high school.

The NCCA Char­ter re­quires a gov­ern­ing body, in­clud­ing par­ents who are el­i­gi­ble as long as they have chil­dren en­rolled at the academy.

Lynn Bugg will serve as the par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Al­covy High School, and Mike McCrorey was ap­proved to be East­side High School’s par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The third board mem­ber, rep­re­sent­ing New­ton High School, has not yet been de­cided.

School fundrais­ers lim­i­ta­tion re­moved

NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey rec­om­mended the board vote to re­move lim­i­ta­tion on school-wide fundrais­ers.

Cur­rently, Pol­icy JK states the num­ber of such events schools may con­duct in a given year are limited – one for ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools and two for high schools – but the rec­om­men­da­tion was brought to the July meet­ing “due to eco­nomic con­di­tions and the need to de­sire qual­ity pro­grams, events and ini­tia­tives at the schools level.”

If ap­proved, the school prin­ci­pal must ap­prove all school-level fundrais­ers.

Pol­icy JK will be re­viewed un­til the Au­gust meet­ing.

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